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Lost cat Wasabi – missing all month

July 7th, 2016 by Mike

Nathan emails today:

“I live near the cross streets of Northeast 92nd Street and 20th Avenue Northeast.

“My year and half old cat Wasabi has gone missing. Last seen at the house on July 1st Friday. Attached are some pictures. She has left for 4 days once before but due to the length of time and the fireworks we are worried with this circumstance.

“Posting some of this information and pictures on your site would be much appreciated!”

If you’ve seen Wasabi, leave a comment on our Facebook page.

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Fireworks damage in Maple Leaf?

July 5th, 2016 by Mike

On the morning after, James emails:

My car was parked on the west-side of Northeast 80th Street and Fourth Avenue Northeast near my home. I saw this morning that there were two impacts on the top of my windshield. One was above the windshield on the car itself causing some dents, and another on the windshield itself which hit the glass with force.

The windshield is damaged beyond repair since a portion is crushed and cracked on the drivers passenger side. I collected a bit of dust from the car dent, and it looks like firework powder (could also be finely crushed rock).

After work today I will make a non-emergency report with the SPD, and I should be insured, however I feel pretty jilted at the thought of people being careless with fireworks. Someone suggested it was probably someone tossing it out of their car, which is also a possibility.

Has anyone else reported similar incidents from the 4th?

We haven’t heard of any, although if readers have you can leave comments on our Facebook page.

Our last report on neighborhood car prowls is here.

The Seattle Times has a report on fireworks injuries here.

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Maple Leaf Woman Dives into Obliteride to Help Cure Cancer

June 28th, 2016 by Mike

Sarah at the finish line.

This is a sponsored post.

“Obliteride is a way to contribute to cancer research, to finding treatments and potentially cures, in a fun and social way:” Sarah Zurat – Maple Leaf Resident

Sarah Zurat thinks about cancer every day but it’s not for the reasons you might think. The Maple Leaf woman works as a cancer information specialist, providing resources, information and referrals to anyone affected by cancer. Sarah says while her work is rewarding, it’s not always fun or social. That’s where Obliteride, a bike ride to raise money for cancer research at Fred Hutch, comes in.

Sarah is excited for her third Obliteride this summer. She admits signing up the first time was a bit scary. “I was a little intimidated but knowing there were shorter distances helped me to commit,” said Sarah. “There are so many distance choices so everyone can find one that’s right for them, including kids who want to ride!”

This year, Sarah says she’s looking forward to riding 50 miles in Obliteride because it’s so inspiring. “I get to see cancer survivors whisk by me and think, I am so grateful not only that they are alive, but that they are alive and well and riding in this event,” said Sarah. “There is an incredible community atmosphere of Obliteride that is filled with inspiration, persistence, resilience, respect and pure joy.”

Sarah is kneeling, on the right, wearing Hutch baseball hat and glasses.

Sarah rides with many colleagues and friends on team 800-4-Cancer. She says one of her favorite memories of Obliteride was when she and her friends jumped into Lake Washington halfway through the ride. “It was so warm and I didn’t have a swimsuit but since I was wearing fast dry clothing I knew it would feel great,” said Sarah. Since Obliteride is a ride and not a race, Sarah says she went for it. “I asked if anyone else from my team wanted to go in the lake and there was a group of us that jumped in. It was great! If it’s hot out, I plan on doing it again this year!”

Obliteride

Sarah is kneeling on the right without a helmet.

Obliteride has raised nearly $7 million for life-saving cancer research in just three years. Every dollar riders fundraise goes directly to Fred Hutch.

“These funds are vital to our work toward cancer cures,” said Dr. Gary Gilliland, president and director of Fred Hutch. “There’s a very real urgency now as we are on the verge of breakthroughs. For example, our scientists have seen extraordinary success using a patient’s own immune cells to make cancer literally vanish, even in patients with the most advanced stages of disease. It’s unprecedented. Fundraising efforts like Obliteride help us cure cancer faster.”

The need for cures is urgent and the facts are scary. One out of three women and half of all men will be diagnosed with cancer. This year, nearly 70,000 people are expected to be diagnosed with cancer in the Northwest alone.

Join Obliteride – the movement to cure cancer faster

Obliteride has routes for everyone from rookies to road warriors. Riders are treated to a first-class event including fun parties, live entertainment and fantastic food from Tom Douglas Catering.

“Just do it!” said Sarah. “Really, you will thank yourself afterwards! It’s a great family and community event, so get a friend or a family member or a colleague to join you.

To be part of this exciting event on Aug. 14, 2016, sign up to ride 10-165 miles or volunteer at obliteride.org.

If you would like to donate to Sarah’s ride, go to her personal fundraising page. http://bit.ly/1XSXWd6

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Lost dog, lost keys, new restaurant in neighborhood

June 27th, 2016 by Mike

Update: Zorro is home safely.

Zorro is a 10-month-old puppy. He escaped from near Northeast 103rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast.

Patty emails over the weekend: “Wanted to see if someone reported a lost set of keys (VW fob and some house keys) tonight (June 24th) from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.?”

If so, leave a comment on our Facebook page. The keys were lost near Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 88th Street.

Finally, Valarie emails: “Today I drove past the former Hudson House and saw that it has been re-named Ravenleaf. Here is the link to the webpage which says the expected opening is in mid-July: http://www.ravenleafph.com/

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More car prowls, attempted Northgate robberies, a police picnic

June 24th, 2016 by Mike

First, the attempted robbery, Wednesday afternoon at a grocery store just north of Maple Leaf, police said.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the three suspects–two 14-year-old females and one 15-year-old female– entered the store near Northeast 123rd Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. The suspects went to the deli section of the store and took a couple of sandwiches and combination meals they had ordered and then put the items inside a backpack. The group then left the store without paying for the items. When the Loss Prevention Officer contacted the group outside of the store, one of the suspects produced a Swiss Army knife and opened the blade. The Loss Prevention Officer backed off, and the suspects ran off northbound.

Officers were called and located the trio hiding several blocks away. One of the suspects was listed as a runaway and had a misdemeanor warrant. The three suspects were positively identified and arrested. It is believed that the same three suspects were involved in a similar robbery at a store at the Northgate Mall a week earlier, where they set off a fire extinguisher in a security office and attacked a security guard.

On car prowls, on Thursday police released year-to-date figures that show, in the North Precinct, as usual, Northgate leads all the rest:

This is not true for the entire city, though. Both downtown and Queen Anne have hundreds more than Northgate so far this year.

The full graphics are here.

Last month police reported we were fourth in car prowls. In March, and by different metrics, we were No. 1. (more…)

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Olympic View book sale is this afternoon, Saturday

June 17th, 2016 by Mike

From Maple Leaf Parents:

The Olympic View “Summer Soar” Annual Children’s Used Book Sale is tomorrow Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View in the hallway in front of the main office. We have books for kids from birth to young adult. Prices are only 50¢-$2. Come and stock up on books for the summer!

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Neighbors report two instances of stolen packages

June 14th, 2016 by Mike

A neighbor reports two new instances of stolen packages today.

One is from Roosevelt Way Northeast and Northeast 103rd Street. The other is from Fifth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 85th Street.

A friendly Maple Leaf neighbor (20 blocks south) came over with my empty box, found by his house. FedEx delivered it at 1:00, and it was stolen at 2:36, according to my video camera. (Yes, I have the men on video.)

This kind neighbor’s own two packages, also delivered today, were stolen, too. I’ll be showing my video to the police tomorrow, but in the meantime, if anyone finds a brand new lovely tablecloth (paisley print, 60″ x 102″), I’d love to know!

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Wild Root salon latest Maple Leaf fixture to exit – update

May 26th, 2016 by Mike

Wild Root Salon & Spa on Roosevelt Way Northeast will be closing by mid-June.

Owner Donna Morton, who has been operating the site, at 8814 Roosevelt Way Northeast, since at least 2001, confirmed she is selling the building. (Disclosure: Donna has been cutting my hair since 2003.)

We’re waiting for further details. From Donna: (more…)

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Garage sales today!

May 21st, 2016 by Mike

Christopher emails:

I live in Maple Leaf and am having a garage sale this Saturday. I found the link on the right-hand side for the garage sales, but couldn’t find anyway to actually list one. Can you help me out navigating this?

We really need to get rid of that link. Christopher’s sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 544 N.E. 97th St.

Any others? Send info to tops@mapleleaflife.com

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Books for Olympic View; Cloud City coffee for bikes

May 19th, 2016 by Mike

Olympic View Elementary School is looking for good summer reads:

Olympic View Elementary is looking for gently used kids books, any reading level from just beginning to high school (we’ll take bilingual too!). Our elementary school needs help getting a book in the hands of every child to promote summer reading. Thanks in advance for supporting the kids in our community!

Student and the community will also have the opportunity to buy excellent, gently used books at inexpensive prices on the day of the sale. Proceeds go to OVPTA. The sale will be Friday, June 17th 3:45-6:30pm & Saturday June 18th from 10am-3pm at Olympic View Elementary (exact location tbd).

Books can be dropped at the school, Eighth Avenue Northeast and Northeast 95th Street.

Also, tomorrow Friday is “Bike Everywhere Day,” (which apparently arrives on the third Friday in May) and to celebrate Cloud City Coffee, at Northeast 88th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast, is hosting a “Celebration Station.”

This year, Maple Leaf Greenways is hosting a Celebration Station at Cloud City Coffee, with coffee donated by Cloud City. If you bike to work or you’re just curious about Maple Leaf Greenways (we advocate for safer streets), we hope to see you on Friday.

We will need volunteers to set-up, hand out donuts, answer questions about Maple Leaf Greenways, and take-down. If you’d like to volunteer for one hour, email Brock Howell at brock@bikehappycascadia.com.

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We’re Number 4? Also, so long, Hudson House

May 14th, 2016 by Mike

Good news, neighbors!

Seattle Police say we’re No. 4 – in car prowls (Seattle’s most common crime).

This is GOOD news? Something north of 250 cars busted into?

Yes. Because in March, we were No. 1.

The graph above shows cars broken into between January and May 7.  Note, however, that Roosevelt/Ravenna is No. 5.

Thanks to Anthony and John for forwarding the information..

And to Lisa, for pointing out that the Hudson New American Public House, at 8014 15th Ave. N.E., is no more, as of Friday.

I noticed a handwritten sign in the window at Hudson Public House yesterday that indicated that a change in ownership/management was coming, and that today (the 13th) would be the last in the current hands.

The Collins Pub also tweeted the news: “Tonight it ends- @hudsonpub Hudson to close , transition to new owners.”

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Goodbye Waldo (also, working to get comments here back)

May 10th, 2016 by Mike

Demolition is well underway this morning at the old Waldo Hospital, soon to be an 80-unit assisted living home.

Our last post on the hospital project, at 8511 15th Ave. N.E., is here. Additional background is here and here.

Also, comments on this blog ceased working in April, while we were in Utah’s canyonlands. Our apologies.

The mother ship says it’s working on the problem, which is that all comments posted go directly into our spam folder. And looking into our 226-page spam folder (we’ve received 121 spam comments like “how to buy valtrex in korea” so far this morning, and it’s only 10:30 a.m.) depresses the human condition.

In the meantime, please to leave comments on our Facebook page. And, thanks.

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Two more plant sales – today and Saturday

May 8th, 2016 by Mike

This is the final day of the very popular Master Gardener Plant sale.

It runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the UW Center for Urban Horticulture, 3501 N.E. 41st St. More information here.

Also, next Saturday is the even-closer Picardo P-Patch Plant Sale and Bake Sale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northeast 82nd Street and 25th Avenue Northeast.

More information here.

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GiveBIG runs into BIG web site problems

May 3rd, 2016 by Mike

3 p.m. update:

Here’s a Seattle Times piece that somewhat understates the problem.

Today is GiveBIG day, a day of charity supported by the Seattle Foundation.

Except, unlike in previous years, it’s not working.

For the thousands of people trying to support their favorite charities, the advice seems to be: Keep trying.

The Seattle Foundation’s Facebook page is filling up with comments like:

Ryan Kitchen Unfortunately, the web site isn’t slow. Its been broken all day for most non-profit donations. Love the optimism, but you guys are whistling past the graveyard on this one. More communication and remediation for all the donors who (still) can’t donate needs to happen, as well as some serious apologizing.

Natasha Dworkin I’m a marketing consultant with several clients participating in #GiveBIG. Across the boards, NONE of their pages are functional and NO donors have been able to donate. We are directing supporters to donate through organizational websites instead.

Maelyn Ritter It’s been over an hour – still no update and this post is still understating the problem – here’s a little advice from the mouth of an IT Ops person whose job is to prevent this sort of thing from ever happening….

“What the Seattle Foundation should be doing right now is putting out a statement acknowledging that this is a big issue and then getting Kimbia to publish their data metrics so people know that they are busting b*tt to fix this…a single Twitter message is a good way to anger frustrated people….you need to keep posting updates on a schedule until the problem is solved so people know you are working the issue”

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City Council votes to expand staff; Debora Juarez chases NE 130th light rail station

April 28th, 2016 by Mike

Update: The Seattle Times has an editorial column on the gold-plated Seattle City Council.

Mentions The Pronto vote, too, in the fourth graph.

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Eight of the nine Seattle City Council members voted this week to add an additional staffer per council member – potentially bringing their individual staffs to four each.

Only budget chair Tim Burgess, who said the cost will be an extra half-million dollars annually, voted “no.”

The rationale: Now that seven of the council members represent neighborhood districts, they actually have more work to do. Erica C. Barnett has a post: Council: Smaller Districts Require Larger Staffs.

From Seattle Council Insight’s piece here:

Council members Lisa Herbold and Debora Juarez, who hold district-based positions (unlike Burgess whose seat is city-wide), were the vocal proponents for the change this afternoon….

Juarez, (who represents the vast majority of Maple Leaf), took the point further, claiming that when voters passed the initiative switching the Council to seven districts, it was because “the voters wanted someone to advocate for them, while keeping in mind the greater good of the city of Seattle.” She rattled off a long list of issues she and her staff have needed to deal with in their first 100 days on the job, saying “you can’t expect three people to be expert in all that.”

Burgess disagreed. From The Seattle Times:

Council members in similarly sized U.S. cities with district council members have only one to three aides, according to a 2014 report by the City Auditor, Burgess noted, mentioning Austin, Boston, Denver, Jacksonville, Fla., Oakland and San Francisco.

The Times story is here (including the information that in addition to council-member aides, the council is supported by more than 20 shared “central staff” policy analysts).

Meanwhile, Juarez continues to prioritize pushing for another light rail station at Northeast 130th Street.

In two separate emails yesterday she issued a “130th Street Station Call to Action.”

If we are going to see some an amendment to the Draft ST3 Plan we need you to write in and tell the Sound Transit leadership that we need a commitment to build the 130th Street Station!

I am not sitting around hoping there will be a change, I am out here pushing every button and looking for all the possible ways to get North Seattle what it needs.

She’ll be at the Sound Transit board meeting this afternoon, 1:30 at 401 S Jackson St., and wants you to be there, too.

Here’s her full post, including a suggested letter to send Sound Transit.

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